Recently, I was sent a VitaBand to review. VITA meaning Vitals, band meaning band. The concept is very similar to some of the other online-ID bands that have hit the market recently. You upload your information with as little or as much detail as you need to an online database. That way, when you get hit by a car the paramedics know to use lambskin instead of latex. The difference with this ID Band? It was made to have a pre-paid Visa Speed-pass credit card in it! Get the munchies while on the run? You can swing by 7-11 and get some Cheetos and some RC Cola. Crap your pants and need new pants? Swing by Target and pay with your speed-pass.
I’ve taken the VitaBand out on a number of runs over the past few weeks and I really like it. It is made out of the same material that Livestrong bands are made out of which made it super light and comfortable. The only downside that I could find was that it wasn’t super adjustable so I had a really hard time putting it on my ankle (and it pulled on my leg hairs when I tried to get it off). I’ll admit that I didn’t end up getting the Visa pre-paid card to put in it – but it is a nice feature (especially for cyclists) for people who regularly stop at convenience stores to refuel. Each band is $20 and a year subscription to the online medical records piece is $20.
Back to running
This week has seen me log 6,8,6,11 miles M-Th so I feel like I’m finally back into my groove. Since I’m still only 11 days post marathon I’m still not running any speedwork, but I’m laying down some pretty decent times. Nothing feels sore or broken, so next week I’m going to layer on the speed like a thin warm coat of pumpkin pie. Cozy.
This morning, during my 11 miler, I saw two things that I should NOT have seen. First of all, I saw smoke coming out of my mouth. Now, I don’t smoke, so it was rather strange. It didn’t happen when I breathed in, but when I would exhale, smoke would come out. Does anyone know what could have been wrong as I went for a brisk morning run in Phoenix? Were my lungs on fire or something? Here is what I looked like:
The other thing that I saw that freaked me out were Christmas Decorations!! I know what you are thinking “Jeeze Scrooge McAdam, lighten up!” I understand if you need to get them up a bit early because you’re going to be out of town, or have such a Clark Griswold inspired display that it takes days to assemble, but there is NO need to have them lit at 5am on a Thursday morning. If I didn’t have to pee like a college frat boy at a kegger I would have tried to set something up like this:
9 weeks to Rock and Roll Arizona
Actually, closer to 8. But, fortunately I’m finally getting back into my running groove – therefore not peeing my pants at the thought freaking out too much. The plan is to have 2 weeks of build, 4 weeks of HARD speedwork, including an increased amount of pace work, followed by a quick 2 week taper. I’ve already decided that if I run my A goal, I’m going to follow suggestions of Jill and have a “recovery” beer in the shower and drink a VERY nice beer that Jamoosh gave me. If I crash and burn? Same plan – but with tears.
That’s some big stepping, Tex
Finally, Ryan Hall. For those of you who are not familiar with him, Ryan Hall is currently the fastest marathoner in the United States (Meb K has won more races, but Ryan is faster). Anywhoo, as part of the NYC marathon, Asics built a video screen projecting his actual 4:40/MILE running pace and challenged people to race against him. Other than the ball-busting speed, the most crazy thing is that his gait (or step size) is 6 feet 10”. That’s longer than….my whole body! Enjoy! (no sound needed)